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Windy Hill Farm House
Originally built as a granary in the late 1800’s, the Windy Hill Farm House has undergone numerous renovations. It was first lived in around 1929, after the original farmhouse and summer kitchen burned to the ground. In 1931 the family moved off the farm and it was not until TWFM was given the property that it was used for lodging again. Groups would come here from the Twin Cities and surrounding areas and use this old building as a “Retreat House.” The front porch was built on in the early 1970’s and the back screen porch was added later.
The Windy Hill Farm House homestead is the setting for the award-winning mystery novel book series written by our friend, Lois Walfrid Johnson, titled “The Adventures of the Northwoods.” There are 10 great books in this series that teach history and Godly character in the early 1900’s time period. These are great books for both young and old alike. Check them out at Lois Walfrid Johnson Books.
In June of 2004 the Windy Hill Farm House went through another renovation. All new electrical wiring was put in, the screen porch was closed in with real windows and insulated for year-round use, the sleeping areas were redone and new roofing was put on the whole building.
The Farmhouse is naturally decorated by God’s unique Knotty Pine design and is very bright and beautiful. The upstairs is divided into two sleeping rooms, one sleeps nine, and the other seven. We know you will enjoy the “new look” in this old facility.
- Heat: wood fired heater
- Kitchen: electric range and refrigerator, counter and sink. (Carry in water from the pump outside) NOTE: State regulations affect the use of the range if your group includes minors whose parents will not be here with them. Please be sure to talk to a staff member about these regulations when making a reservation.
- Sleeping: Two separate areas up stairs sleep at least 16 people, plus main-level fold-out-double bed/futon.
- Tables and chairs for eating and games
- Game field area close by
- Area for tents and campers
- A fire ring is set up for group campfires. Inquire at the office for campfire wood to purchase, or gather dead fall from the woods.
- As a point of health and consideration for all guests, please bring ONLY freshly washed and machine-dried bed linens, blankets, sleeping bags, and cases on pillows. This cabin has 4-inch thick foam mattresses.
- Your own jug/container for water, pots, pans, dishes, eating utensils, dish cloths, etc – everything you need to prepare and eat your own food.
Can I come before the 3 pm check-in time?
You are welcome to come enjoy The Wilderness, walk trails or sit by the lake, however, the earliest facility “check in” time is 3 pm. Please make every effort to keep the check in time you told us when you made your reservation and is on your confirmation email. If you are going to be late, please call and let us know your arrival time. (Please leave a message if no answer.)
Do you keep my credit card number on file?
We only keep your credit card number on file until the time of your visit to The Wilderness. Once your stay at The Wilderness is complete and your donation is received, your credit card information is no longer in our system. You must give us credit card information every time you make a reservation.
Are pets allowed?
No pets or animals of any kind are allowed in any of our facilities. The only exception to this policy is a service animal.
Why do you ask for my credit card number?
We ask for your credit card number so that in the event of a cancellation or no-show, TWFM has a way of charging you a cancellation fee, according to our cancellation policy. Other than the cancellation fee, we do not charge anything to your credit card.
Can we drive up to the Group Cabins?
No. Please do not drive your vehicle to the front door of our Group Cabins. There are signs which clearly mark where you can and cannot drive. Please respect these directions.
Windy Hill Farm House
It is a very short walk across the lawn from the parking lot to the Farm House; NO vehicles allowed on the grass!
It is a short hike into the woods from the road to the Log Cabin; NO vehicles are allowed on the trail, off the road.
The Lakeside Cabin is the only Group Cabin where vehicles and pop-up camping trailers are allowed to park on the grass in front of the cabin.
Do you provide linens?
No, TWFM does not provide linens. You must bring your own linens and personal towels. As a point of health and consideration for all guests, please bring ONLY freshly washed and machine-dried bed linens, blankets, sleeping bags, and cases on pillows. The Group Cabins have 4-inch thick foam mattresses.
Do we need to bring our own pots, pans and utensils?
Yes, you need to bring everything you need to prepare and eat your own food, including your own jug/container for water, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, hot pads, dish cloths, and dish soap.
Do we need to provide our own firewood to heat the cabin?
No, TWFM provides firewood to heat the Group Cabins. If you want wood for a campfire, you’ll need to purchase it at the office, $3/bundle.
Is there a place for a campfire at each group/family cabin?
Yes, each Group Cabin has its own campfire pit. Firewood is available for purchase at the office, $3/bundle.
The Windy Hill Farmhouse must be reserved in advance and is available on a suggested minimum donation basis.
Check the Windy Hill Farmhouse Availability:
*Note about yellow dates: In an attempt to give our staff Sundays and Holidays off, we do not take reservations for arrivals on Sundays or other dates identified in yellow. Guests may be here through a yellow day and may even check out on a yellow day, but no arrivals are allowed on yellow days.Check All Facility Availability